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After the successful competition, the first cast iron K2 was installed in London in 1926, with more than 1,700 appearing across the city over the course of the next decade. Scott’s timber prototype was initially displayed in 1924 outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square with four other designs, and in 1925 it was announced that the K2 telephone box was the one ‘most suitable for erection in busy thoroughfares of large towns’. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. We do not moderate comments, but we expect readers to adhere to certain rules in the interests of open and accountable debate.

Some 60,000 examples were installed across Britain, which is why the K6 has come to represent the red Telephone Box. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. You’ve accepted all cookies.

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See our article comments House Rules here. Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England said: We are pleased that the K2 telephone kiosk prototype at the entrance of Burlington House has been upgraded to Grade II*.

Scott’s winning design was originally intended to be made of steel and painted silver with a blue-green interior, however, upon selection of the K2 design, the General Post Office chose to make it of cast-iron and painted red. Sir Giles is one of the country’s most famous architects. He is credited with designing the red phone box, which has become synonymous with Britain.

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Still sitting where it was placed after judging, the K2 prototype remains a striking feature at Burlington House, and its protection is now further enhanced as an important part of our nation’s industrial heritage. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Google's UK homepage has been decorated with six animated red phone boxes to mark the occasion. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Sir John Soane: how tomb for architect’s wife inspired the red telephone box Red telephone box Sir Giles Gilbert Scott Public buildings The red telephone box is an internationally famous British icon and I am delighted that we are able to protect the first of its kind. Only a small number were placed outside London and just over 200 K2s survive today. The Scott family have designed cathedrals on 5 continents including Africa, Asia, Europe,  North America & Australia. The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Sir John Soane: how tomb for architect’s wife inspired the red telephone box. Sir Giles is also responsible for designing London’s Battersea Power Station, the University of Cambridge library, and Liverpool Cathedral.

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